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Adeola Ososami is a songwriter based in the UK. Her passion for singing was nurtured at Tech Music school in Europe. Her debut single, Beremole, produced by Dr Moodini of Lunakidz Music is currently enjoying massive airplay. Senior Reporter, Anthonia Soyingbe spoke with her recently when she came to Nigeria to promote her music.
What is your mission to Nigeria?
I am here to show people the stuff I am made of. I released my mixtape this month though some of the songs have been put out already. Listeners are in for a swell time. It is titled, Different Sides of Me. It is a mixture of styles. I just want to showcase my style and what I can do. It is a combination of afro pop, jazz and soul.
How many tracks are there in this mixtape?
It is a ten tracker mixtape and the songs talk about a whole lot of issues but mostly, I dwelt on love. I also tried to introduce a different blend of Afro hip hop. I featured Tec from Show Dem Camp in the song, Never Leave in addition to doing a cover of See Me, from Brymo’s album.
Why are you putting off your album release?
I wouldn’t say I am putting it off. I am a new artiste. At the moment, I am still trying to get people to know what I am actually about rather than focusing on a full album.
What is the story behind Beremole?
Beremole, is just a fun song and it is coming from the point of view of the confident girl. When she is out, she sees a guy and they both like each other and she decides to make the first move by asking him for a dance. That is where the song comes from.
What stands your music out from the regular beats we hear?
My music is distinct. I think we have worked hard to produce what Nigerians will love. There are traces of afro beat in my music. I think one of the things that make me unique is the fact that I try to blend different styles of music. All my songs will definitely have that afrobeat edge and style. I like to sing in a mixture of English and Yoruba most of the time but once a while, there might be a song that would be fully English.
What attracted you into the music scene?
Music has always been my life. My earliest memory was probably when I was 10, when I was doing some singing in church and little bits of performances. Since then, I have really loved music. That was when it came into my life really.
As a Nigerian based in the UK, how much of your culture is still in you?
It is hard to run away from culture. Most of my family members do come from time to time on visits and majority of my friends are Nigerians. You can’t really take the culture away. It is within me. It is not something one can lose, so the Nigerian culture is still a big part of me.
How much of it reflects in your music?
A lot. I think one of the things that make me unique is that I try to mix different styles of music.
Do you speak Yoruba?
I am not good at speaking the language. I understand it perfectly well because I lived here (Nigeria) briefly and my accent sometimes is not perfect but definitely, I am developing that.
What are your plans for the year, career-wise?
I am hoping to release about six new songs showing different sides of me. Hopefully, there should be one in the first half of the year.
Do you write your songs yourself?
Yes I do.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From everyday life and from what I experience or observe as well. Inspirations just come on a normal basis.
What record label are you signed on?
I am signed on an independent label called Lunakidz Music based in UK.They are already building some collaboration with some Nigerian artistes as well. It is an upcoming label.
What drew you to Lunakidz?
A few of the people on the label are my friends. We used to work on music together some few years ago. From there, it just evolved and they have taken me under their wings. So yes, it stems from friendship and our love for music together.
You are currently studying dentistry. How do you reconcile that with music?
Like I said, from a young age, I have always loved music and knew it would be a part of my life in some way. It wasn’t always clear to me but I think over the last few years, it has become clearer. I love my academics but music is really my passion.
How receptive are your parents to your career especially given the fact that music is a far cry from your field of study?
My parents are very supportive. They have always been encouraging of me doing music from a young age. They are very supportive. Obviously, they want me to finish my degree and I am definitely going to finish it. Then I will be able to focus more on the music as well.
How much enthusiasm do people over there show to your music?
People are very receptive to new styles and new ways of expressing creativity especially through music. People are receptive to afrobeat style of music so I would say it has been good. It is very encouraging to see what the likes of D’banj and Wizkid are doing over here. They are paving the way for afrobeat right now.
How would you describe growing up in the UK?
Growing up in the UK is good. The UK is mixed with different sorts of people so it is good to meet all sorts of people. It has been fun all the way.
Any plan to relocate to Nigeria in the future?
Let us see what the future holds.
Where you born in the UK?
I was born in Nigeria. I lived here till I was seven and I have been in the UK since then.
How do you hope to register your presence in Nigeria music industry?
I am working with people over here. I am also employing airplay as a medium and my single Beremole, has been enjoying good airplay. Hopefully, I will be launching my website soon.
Who are your influences when it comes to music?
My music is influenced by a lot of people I listened to. Some of them include Tiwa Savage, Waje, Erika Bhadu and Asa.
In the future are you focusing solely on music or do you hope to do other things?
Music is a major part of my life whether or not I am doing something in public or not. Music will always be a part of my life.
What challenges have you had to face as an artiste?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced is the battle to keep doing the next song better than the last. You are only as good as your last work so it is quite challenging coming up with new ideas that people haven’t heard before, things that are fresh and will bring something new to the music scene.